At the Hunter Community Environment Centre, our goal is to support individuals and communities to understand and respond to the pressing energy and ecological issues facing our region. We help build awareness, knowledge, resilience and capacity to act to confront these issues with confidence, and to support the social change to make society more ready to take decisive and appropriate action.

Our current campaigns reflect the priority issues of Hunter residents concerned about creating a safer, cleaner, more resilient, more equitable and sustainable Hunter region.


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    This Is Serious

    Are you feeling frustrated, upset and agitated witnessing the impacts of climate change and seeing little to know political action in response? Join simple and effective action to show the world you think this is serious. 
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  • Wetlands and Biodiversity

    stockton_3_7_11_015.jpegNewcastle is a wetland city. 

    The Hunter Valley is home to the Hunter Estuary Wetlands, an internationally significant wetland listed under the Ramsar Convention - a global treaty to protect and conserve these vulnerable ecosystems.

    The Hunter Estuary Wetlands is also adjacent to the world's largest coal port, and the threat of expansion of the existing coal terminals puts the future of this precious place at ever-increasing risk.

    Right now, the site proposed for the fourth coal terminal is part of this globally important Estuary, and shares a border with the Hunter Wetlands National Park. It is widely regarded as the single most significant site for migratory shorebirds in New South Wales, among the top ten in Australia, and was internationally recognised via its listing under the Ramsar Convention in 1984. Twenty-one threatened species are known to use the site, along with 112 species of waterbirds and nationally and internationally listed threatened species, including the Australasian bittern. These wetlands would be destroyed, and replaced with uncovered coal stockpiles.

    The Hunter Community Environment Centre is committed to the protection of the Hunter Estuary Wetlands, its migratory bird species, its unique wildlife, and to the preservation of its globally significant ecology.

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  • The Transition

    Newcastle and the Hunter Valley is part of a worldwide transition being led by workers and communities, away from dependence on the polluting industries of the past and towards the clean, low carbon economies of the future.

    HCEC is working towards a vision of just transition, which includes a sustainable, productive and resilient regional economy.

    That means living wages for all workers, clean production and zero waste. It means that we invest in industries that improve our ecological and social well-being, and divest from those that cost the earth in energy consumption, water use, transport, exploitation, displacement and the legacy of contamination.

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  • Climate

    The single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is burning fossil fuels, primarily coal.

    Burning coal releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere, causing global warming.

    The climate change impacts from burning fossil fuels create small increases in temperature, which can have huge effects on winds, rainfall and the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like storms and cyclones. Rapid change to climate and weather patterns means that our native species of plants and animals cannot adapt quickly enough, increasing the risk of extinction for many.

    The coal mined in the Hunter Valley poses serious risks not only for the health and well being of local communities, but also for communities where Hunter Valley coal is burned.

    Scientists say that for a safe climate in Australia, we need to ensure that 90% of our remaining coal reserves stay in the ground.

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